If walls could talk, Ibiza’s Montesol Experimental would have quite the stories to tell. As the first hotel on the island, built in 1933 in a neocolonial style, it once welcomed celebrities, hippies, and even royalty. Pink Floyd; Orson Welles; and Princess Caroline of Monaco, the eldest daughter of the late Grace Kelly, all flocked to the Mediterranean paradise in its heyday. Yet nearly a century after opening, it has undergone a colorful update thanks to French architect and interior designer Dorothée Meilichzon.
During a multiphase renovation beginning in 2021, the designer overhauled the now bohemian-infused hotel restaurant, Sabbaba (now called Cafe Montesol), and updated the hotel’s 30 bedrooms, and three suites with calming pastels, celestial imagery, and handmade decor. While Meilichzon has worked on multiple hospitality projects, including many of Experimental Group’s hotels throughout Europe, Montesol stands out due to its history. “This was a bit different as it was an existing hotel…and is a property of culture heritage for UNESCO,” she told AN Interior.
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